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    sat navs bad news

    GPS / sat nav - system could break down next year says US govt


    Satellite Navigation systems could be in danger of breaking down within the
    next year, according to the US government.


    The satellites are overseen by the US Air Force, which has maintained the
    GPS network since the early 1990s.


    Officials have expressed their concern that the 20-year-old Global
    Positioning System could begin to fail as early as next year.


    According to a study by the US government accountability office (GAO),
    mismanagement and a lack of investment means some of the satellites are
    increasingly approaching their sell-by date.


    Should problems occur, the impact could be significant on millions of sat
    nav users, while there would also be problems for the military and national
    security, who use the devices to gather intelligence.


    The satellites are overseen by the US Air Force, which has maintained the
    GPS network since the early 1990s.
    Although the Air Force is spending £1.3 billion to bring the system up to
    date, the GAO report argues that delays and overspending are jeopardising
    the entire system.


    The first replacement system should have been launched at the beginning of
    2007, but has been delayed several times and is now scheduled for November
    2009.


    According to NewScientist, sat navs and other GPS devices calculate their
    position by comparing time signals from at least four satellites.
    As a result, a fleet of 24 satellites are required at all times.
    There are currently 31 operating, but a number of them are more than four
    years past their design lifetime.


    The GAO predicts a one in five chance that the fleet will drop below 24 at
    times in 2011 and 2012; although it would not cause GPS to shut down
    completely, it would hamper its accuracy.


    It is uncertain whether the Air Force will be able to acquire new
    satellites in time to maintain current GPS service without interruption
    said the report.


    If not some military operations and some civilian users could be adversely
    affected."


    Sat nav devices have become increasingly relied upon in modern life but
    have resulted in a number of mishaps in Britain.
    Nostalgia.......it's the future

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    oww i like havin peter kay shouting at me mum while driving
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    glad I have a map then!!

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    I like my sat nav, It's the only time i can ignore a woman and get away with it.

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    Glad I drive a Mondeo with factory sat nav . . . its still living 4 years in the past ! Good ol' A - Z !
    The doors open, but the ride it aint free.

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    I don't have a [email protected] I do however have a sense of direction and an A-Z.
    The UK isn't America. It's not physically big enough to get lost in.
    -JC.

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    I'm an Essex boy, just finding my way round Kent after 18 years JC. Need all the help I can get ! lol
    The doors open, but the ride it aint free.

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    Glad I never bought one then! Got nowhere to plug it in anyway
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    Quote Originally Posted by 57peppershaker View Post
    I'm an Essex boy, just finding my way round Kent after 18 years JC. Need all the help I can get ! lol
    I'm moving to Milton Keynes in a few months. I'm not looking forward to learning my way around there!
    A lot of people say "oh but it's just a grid". Yes, but there's a bit more to it than that!!!
    -JC.

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